March 2000 Issue

Landing at the Max

Think of maximum performance landings as times when good landing habits are critical

The accident record of overshoots and undershoots makes it clear that some people donít practice maximum performance landings enough, but you donít have to review the statistics to convince yourself itís true.

Just sit out where you can watch the touchdown zone at an airport with a relatively long runway. Airplane after airplane will show that the pilot cares less about style points than somehow getting the thing on the ground.

Some will dive in at the speed of blazing heat and float halfway down the runway. Some will come in high and land 2,500 feet from the approach end. In either case, touchdown may be followed by the squeal of tires and a half-mile back taxi to the ramp.

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